On the 16th November 2016, Celine Fabrequette, ACP YPN Program Manager and SDG5 Expert, presented ACP YPN contributions to ‘making the Sustainable Development Goal5 (SDG5) on ‘gender equality and women’s and girl’s empowerment’ a reality at the ‘University Libre de Bruxelles’ (ULB).
AIESEC, the largest youth-run international organization, believes that one way these SDGs can be achieved is through activating youth leadership; forming the future leaders who will help accomplish these goals. ‘AIESEC Talk’ is part of the Youth for Global Goals initiative to raise awareness of the SDG Global Goals among young people with the aim to provide them with the opportunity to make a difference. Alongside Celine, Angèle Perignon presented the work that “les Ailles du Phoenix ASBL” on making SDG1 on ‘poverty eradication’ a reality in Brussels.
During the discussion many topics were discussed: involvement of men in gender debates, feminism, women in leadership positions, quotas, role models, which cumulated in a series of recommendations. The audience came to the agreement that:
- Education can be used as a tools to reach gender equality, for example: by facilitating and providing opportunity to young girls, by enabling them to participate and explore different activities such as coding or scientific fairs aimed toward girls’ empowerment, diversity and inclusion. Another recommendation was:
- Less gender biased representations in the media and therefore more gender neutral voices are needed, especially when speaking about women in leadership positions.
The audience commended the work that has already been done toward reaching the SDG5, and agreed that action must be both bottom-up, as well as top-down from a policy perspective. Celine concluded the session by reminding the audience that: “big changes and big movements come from little actions done by each and every one.”